News from Progress Michigan

February 17, 2014

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

Progress Michigan Executive Director’s Statement on Gov. Snyder’s Continued Efforts to Uphold the Ban on Domestic Partner Benefits

LANSING, MI — Earlier today, Gov. Rick Snyder asked a federal judge to uphold a ban on domestic partner benefits for public employees.

“Gov. Snyder’s continued push to ban domestic partner benefits for public employees in the name of ‘financially sound’ policies is a backwards concept that moves Michigan in the wrong direction,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “To discriminate against the LGBT community appears to be front and center on Snyder’s agenda. These types of policies are both morally reprehensible and detrimental to our economy — as the state has pointed out.”

Snyder has been pushing for immigration reform to make Michigan a more welcoming place for immigrants. However, his drive to ban domestic partner benefits flies in the face of that push to make Michigan a more welcoming state.

“Snyder has said he wants to make Michigan a more welcoming state for immigrants, but apparently his version of a welcoming state does not include a place for LGBT families,” Scott continued. “Snyder’s persistent attacks on the well-being of the LGBT community is hypocritical, immoral and unsound fiscal policy.”


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